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Woman charged with sexually assaulting boy, 10, she was babysitting

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MERIDEN–A Wilimantic woman is facing multiple charges for raping a 10-year-old boy while babysitting, according to court documents.

Mary Beth Rataic, 25, was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. She is charged with sex assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a minor. A judge ordered her under a mental health watch for psychological issues.

Rataic’s arrest warrant states that she was babysitting for a friend at a Meriden home in August when she allegedly had sex with the boy. The boy disclosed to his mother that the two had sex on three or four occasions.

The boy’s mother reported the disclosure to the police, and a forensic interview of the boy was conducted at the Yale-New Haven Family Advocacy Center.

Rataic was interviewed by a Department of Children and Families investigator in September, according to the warrant. She told the investigator that the boy came on to her and that she told “the victim to stop, and that she was going to get in trouble.” The warrant also says that Rataic “did not tell anyone what happened because she was embarrassed.”

Rataic’s next court date is Nov. 25 in New Haven.

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